By Beng Emmanuel

Sports writer,


Wolves’s winger Adama Traore has been called up to Spain’s national team for the first time despite rumours the former Barcelona player was close to play for Mali.

The 23-year-old who has represented Spain at youth level is also eligible to play for Mali.

Adama Traore will replace Valencia’s forward Rodrigo for Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Romania.

Traore had admitted he spoke with Mali but did not sign anything after rumours went viral the Spanish born had accepted to commit his international career with Mali-information he terms inaccurate.

“The truth is I’ve spoke with Mali, but I didn’t sign anything,” Traore told the
Express and Star.

“I’ve been in contact with them and they’ve shown interest. There has been a bit of confusion. I haven’t decided yet.” He added.

He adds to the number of Africans who have decided to commit their international future elsewhere.

Few weeks back, Ansu Fati chosed to play for Spain over Guinea Bissua, his country of origin.



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